The '''University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign''' ('''U of I''', '''University of Illinois''', '''UIUC''', or simply '''Illinois''') is a public university|public
research-intensive university in the U.S. state of Illinois
. As a land-grant university
, it is the flagship campus
of the University of Illinois system
. The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (founded, 1867) is the state's second oldest public university, after Illinois State University
, and a founding member of the Big Ten Conference
. It is a member of the Association of American Universities
and is classified as a RU/VH Research University under the Carnegie Classification system which denotes very high research activities.
The campus library system possesses the second-largest university library in the United States after Harvard...